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Google Moves to Secure the Cloud From Itself

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Sensitive data needs to be encrypted both at rest and in transit—that is, when it’s passively stored and when it’s being sent from one spot to another. Covering these two bases protects information a lot of the time, but still doesn’t account for every scenario. Now Google Cloud Services—which counts PayPal, HSBC, and Bloomberg as […]

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15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

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After China imposed a restrictive national security law on Hong Kong, tech companies find themselves at a crossroads. Giants like Google and Facebook stopped responding to requests for user data in the city, but may eventually have to pull out altogether. One marquee name to exit Hong Kong already is TikTok, which remains eager to […]

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DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid

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If you use a mainstream email provider, it likely catches most of the obviously useless and potentially malicious spam you receive, like scammy prescription drug offers and unsolicited sex tips. But when it comes to the endless promo emails from retailers and newsletters you don’t remember signing up for, you’re mostly on your own. Now […]

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Encryption-Busting EARN IT Act Advances in Senate

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It’s not often that you see a new strain of Mac-targeted ransomware, but this week researchers dug into ThiefQuest, also called EvilQuest, a malware strain that keeps on giving—or taking, as it were. ThiefQuest appears to be Mac ransomware, but it doesn’t seem like its developers have any intention of decrypting victims’ files. Likely that […]

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New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears

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The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven’t been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple’s Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, published findings on Tuesday about a new example of Mac ransomware, […]

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Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

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Julian Assange was back in the news this week, but so was a group called Distributed Denial of Secrets that has in many ways taken up the WikiLeaks mantle. Over the last year and a half, DDoSecrets has released troves of sensitive leaked data from anonymous contributors. And this week it published a dump called […]

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An Embattled Group of Leakers Picks Up the WikiLeaks Mantle

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For the past year, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sat in a London jail awaiting extradition to the US. This week, the US Justice Department piled on yet more hacking conspiracy allegations against him, all related to his decade-plus at the helm of an organization that exposed reams of government and corporate secrets to the […]

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What Is a Side Channel Attack?

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Modern cybersecurity depends on machines keeping secrets. But computers, like poker-playing humans, have tells. They flit their eyes when they’ve got a good hand, or raise an eyebrow when they’re bluffing—or at least, the digital equivalent. And a hacker who learns to read those unintended signals can extract the secrets they contain, in what’s known […]